Kenny Davenport

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Kenny Davenport
Personal information
Full name James Kenyon Davenport
Date of birth (1862-03-23)23 March 1862
Place of birth Bolton, England
Date of death 29 September 1908(1908-09-29) (aged 46)
Playing position Inside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1883 Gilnow Rangers
1883–1892 Bolton Wanderers 56 (25)
1892–1893 Southport
National team
1885–1890 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Kenyon "Kenny" Davenport (23 March 1862 – 29 September[citation needed] 1908) was an English international footballer who played as an inside right.


Born in Bolton, Davenport played for Bolton Wanderers, after joining them from local side Gilnow Rangers in 1883.[1] He later played for Southport,[2] and was capped twice by England, in 1885 and 1890.[3] He retired from professional football in 1893,[4] and returned to Bolton Wanderers to coach their reserve team.[5]

Davenport is the scorer of the first ever Football League goal, scoring at 3:47pm on 8 September 1888 against Derby County.[6] Until 2013, it had been thought that the first ever goal had been an own goal by Aston Villa full-back Gershom Cox.[1]

On 22 November 2016 a plaque was unveiled in Bolton that commemorates Davenport's achievement in scoring the first League goal.[7]


  1. ^ a b Fletcher, Paul (28 July 2013). "Solving the mystery of the first goal in league football". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bolton player credited with first-ever goal in Football League". Sky Sports. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Kenny Davenport England profile at Englandstats. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  4. ^ Brian Simpson (28 August 2013). "Mystery of Football League's first scorer solved". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Iles, Marc (29 July 2013). "Bolton Wanderers scored world's first league goal - Marc Iles' view". The Bolton News. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Winter, Henry (29 July 2013). "Bolton and England inside forward Kenyon Davenport finally credited with scoring Football League's first goal". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
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